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eR 32 | An Epic of Masculinity III: Warrior

12/14/2018
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The way to heaven goes through hell, and the path of the warrior is the way we develop the ability and competence to survive and thrive on that journey.

Duration:01:28:25

eR 31 | An Epic of Masculinity II: King

11/9/2018
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Is civilization technology or idea? Obviously, it is a bit of both. But in our modernity – surrounded by big data, cameras, and supercomputers that fit into our pocket – it is easy to see that we tend to favor technology and forget ideas. While at some level it is difficult to imagine "civilization" without basic technologies. From food, water, shelter, security, and reasonable personal autonomy, we do need a foundation of material to distinguish civilization from our more prehistoric past....

Duration:03:03:55

eR 30 | An Epic of Masculinity

9/15/2018
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When good men sit down, bad men stand up. When masculine virtues are ignored, masculine vices reign. When kings are told to go away, tyrants take their place. This is not just a description, but a strategy. This results in a world where a plurality of masculine figures without virtue are in leadership positions in governments, companies, and organizations. This structure is incentivized to forward and repeat the societal talking points whereby masculinity is defined as toxic. This narrative...

Duration:01:40:00

eR 29 | The Story of Philosophy

7/29/2018
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https://erochefoucauld.org/story-of-philosophy/ Philosophy is often viewed as a field of isolation, or the literal ivory tower. The word is seen as a big word, a fancy word, used by the elite, arrogant, and out of touch. That’s not what I’m doing here. Philosophy is the story of humanity and the history of ideas, and it’s meant for everyone. This episode is my attempt to answer three basic questions about philosophy. What is Philosophy? • object, and subject – 1:50 • the line, and the glue –...

Duration:00:26:55

eR 28 | Victory as Educator

7/13/2018
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It is said that immature artists copy, and great ones steal. This is an excellent maxim. But who do we steal from? And what do we steal from them? The first part isn't too complicated - steal from those who have won, those who are successful, and those who have made it. Learn from the experts and the champions, not the amateurs and those who have lost. The second part is more complex, what we steal is what is defined as good, but what is good? This episode explores these questions and more,...

Duration:00:39:39

eR 27 | Kierkegaard's Leap of Faith & The Power of Belief in Sport

6/29/2018
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The Leap of Faith is a very abused and taken advantage of maxim. But yet it is a maxim. It is a truth we experience, in so far as all action is the conclusion of degrees of uncertainty. But therein lies the point: action. Because the leap of faith is not simply a metaphysical concept. It is not under the domain of inspirational memes and imagery. It is at its very core, the leap itself. Thinking serves doing; ideas serve action; God, or Truth, or our highest of desires, is something we...

Duration:00:32:56

eR 26 | The passions of sport and "The Football War" of 1969

6/15/2018
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There is a quote often attributed to Plato that says "you can learn more about a person in 1 hour of play, than 1 year of work." There doesn't seem to be any record of Plato saying this. Quote investigator places it as a derivative from some English educator in the 16th century. Ultimately, it's a fake quote. But it doesn't have to be, because it's a good idea. So let's just attribute this quote to all of us. From our experience as children, to our experience in life. We learn more about...

Duration:00:28:44

eR 25 | A Philosophy of Trash, Garbage, and Waste

5/25/2018
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As the world becomes wealthier, more connected, more educated, and more metropolitan - we create more trash. And our population is growing, faster than ever. From the American Revolution, to the end of WWI, our world population grew by 1 billion. From the day the World Trade Center Towers fell, to the day Osama Bin Laden was killed, our population grew by the same amount. Every day, we produce more waste than the day before. So what are we going to do? Now I'm an optimist about our future. I...

Duration:01:13:57

eR 24 | Ratatouille: How to be a True Revolutionary

5/11/2018
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A philosophy that can’t be lived is like food that can’t be eaten and a kitchen isn’t a storehouse for food, any more than philosophy is a museum of ideas. A great movie to match this, in both philosophy and food-analogies, is the 2007 film, Ratatouille. This is an excellent film that explores many important themes as well as deep, archetypal representations and philosophies. The film offers an answer to many questions, like how do you live your truth? How do you harness your talent and...

Duration:01:14:00

eR 23 | Maps: From Ptolemy to GPS

4/27/2018
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This episode is about maps - physical, metaphysical, and existential; as well as their representations, abstractions, and ontological incompleteness. In 1620, Francis Bacon wrote that three inventions had changed the course of history: the printing press (for ideas and communication), gunpowder (for warfare), and the compass (for navigation). With the printing press you can mass produce maps. With gunpowder you very effectively redraw their lines. And with the compass you can more easily...

Duration:01:38:25

eR 22 | Harris, Peterson, Zizek, & Haidt - Through the looking glass of ideological fiefdoms and metadata walls

4/13/2018
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Our species has a long history of living in tribes and fiefdoms, and we still do. Only now our fiefdoms are often created and maintained by hashtag, linguistic signaling, and online cookies. We've also spent a good amount of time building walls to create safe spaces. The irony of today's chant in the United States is that the wall is already here, only it is made of metadata, preference settings, and block lists. The now well-known graphic that shows the lack of dialogue or connection...

Duration:01:51:31

eR 21 | Water, Alcohol, and Coffee

3/30/2018
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There are few questions more serious than "do you have access to food and water?" But for most of the history of our species it was of equal importance to ask whether or not the food and water was clean and uncontaminated. It has been poetically stated, if not tragically so, that germs and disease are the silent authors of history. When compared to the conquests of Genghis Khan, the wars fought in the name of God, King, or Race, the millions killed due to the designs or failures of political...

Duration:01:43:16

eR 20 | Philosophy O' the Irish

3/16/2018
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In honor of St. Patrick's Day, this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast is so Irish that you'll think this is now the O' Rochefoucauld podcast. From Irish literature, to poetry, to philosophy - the Irish have produced many powerful and emancipatory ideas. This episode pays particular attention to the poetry of W.B. Yeats, the literature of Jonathan Swift, and the philosophy of George Berkeley, Francis Hutcheson, and William Molyneux. In it, I discuss Berkeley's immaterialism and ideas on...

Duration:01:28:01

eR 19 | Cyropaedia: The education of Cyrus and the ideal prince III

3/9/2018
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This is the 3rd and final part of the 3-part series on the Cyropaedia, or 'the education of Cyrus.' The Cyropaedia for some is a historical document, for others is a political philosophy, and for a few is just a dramatic or romantic political story with no basis on actual events. I agree with all three positions. But the purpose of this episode is not to settle this debate or make my own on these grounds. It is to tell the story and uplift the meaning found with the Cyropaedia. This story is...

Duration:01:35:15

eR 19 | Cyropaedia: The education of Cyrus and the ideal prince II

3/2/2018
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This is part 2 of a 3-part series on the Cyropaedia, or 'the education of Cyrus.' The Cyropaedia for some is a historical document, for others is a political philosophy, and for a few is just a dramatic or romantic political story with no basis on actual events. I agree with all three positions. But the purpose of this episode is not to settle this debate or make my own on these grounds. It is to tell the story and uplift the meaning found with the Cyropaedia. This story is not merely of...

Duration:00:54:03

eR 19 | Cyropaedia: The education of Cyrus and the ideal prince

2/23/2018
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This is part 1 of a 3-part series on the Cyropaedia, or 'the education of Cyrus.' The Cyropaedia for some is a historical document, for others is a political philosophy, and for a few is just a dramatic or romantic political story with no basis on actual events. I agree with all three positions. But the purpose of this episode is not to settle this debate or make my own on these grounds. It is to tell the story and uplift the meaning found with the Cyropaedia. This story is not merely of...

Duration:01:20:22

eR 18 | Supply lines of spirit and the value of military cadences

2/16/2018
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This episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast discusses a topic that is rarely, if ever, explored from a philosophical or academic perspective - military cadences. Inspired by both a Habermasian view of communication and public spheres of discourse and the general antipathy often found in military discourses, Evan goes deep into what cadences are and why they are important, from the ground up. A cadence, after all, is a song, born of struggle, necessity, and aimed at making the best of the...

Duration:01:30:22

eR 17 | Philosophy of Marriage

2/9/2018
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This episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast focuses on one topic - marriage. Marriage is one of the oldest continuous institutions surrounding human relationships. Like anything that has existed since we began writing things down, it is subject to and of, endless comedies and tragedies. Marriage has been at times protagonist, antagonist, and stage in this long story. Today, however, marriage rates are on a tremendous decline. Now I don't believe there is any single answer to this, nor will I...

Duration:01:37:40

eR 16 | Eternal Recurrence

2/2/2018
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In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan discusses the Nietzschean idea of eternal recurrence. However (and not un-ironically given the topic), this idea appears throughout history: From the Greeks, to the Bible, to the philosophers of the Enlightenment. It is Nietzsche, however, who takes this idea more seriously than perhaps, anyone. To Nietzsche, the eternal recurrence was not a game. Not a thought while gazing at the universe. Not something left to physics or logic - it was...

Duration:01:39:43

eR 15 | Classical Liberalism III

1/26/2018
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This is the 3rd and final part in a 3-part series on Classical Liberalism. In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Hardcore Philosophy series by examining the political philosophy of classical liberalism. Classical liberalism has become a more and more popular label over the past decade - particularly in North America. However, like any political idea, its meaning is up for debate. Moreover, it is prone to drift to popularity rather than substance, and is,...

Duration:00:52:07